Client Profiles

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Flis Market
Owners bring a lively market to an Erving landmark
Valley Malt and Ground Up
This could be malt's moment
Al-Nassir International Market
A store’s expansion creates new openings for internationally inspired local food
10 Forward
Ang Buxton and Alex Noonan are creating a scene
Our Family Farms
An anchor dairy mooooves forward
Carson's Cans
Walter Kleeberg finds success through commitment to clients and securing a niche of his own
A family business serves Mediterranean food with “giving hearts”

Quabbin Harvest
Food coop as community connecting point
Massive Bookshop
Bookstore as art project with social justice at the fore
Many Graces Farm
Flower farm and design studio with an ecological mission
Ben Reigle
An artist pivots with help from the FCCDC



Franklin County CDC in the News

August 10, 2023, The Recorder
Online tool helps businesses reflect on, address racism

August 4, 2023, WHAI
Racial Justice Reflective Journey Interview

August 2, 2023, MassLive
‘Racial Justice Reflective Journey’ aims to help businesses start conversations about race

June 22, 2023, Business West
Franklin County Thrives Through Connection

June 9, 2023, The Recorder
Franklin County CDC Celebrates Entrepreneurs with Block Party

April 29, 2023, The Recorder
Chamber highlights community partnerships

January 3, 2023, The Recorder
$94K grant to bolster program training inmates in food prep 

December 28, 2022, Capital Insight Podcast
Driving Community Investment for Sustainable Agriculture with PVGrows’ Rebecca Busansky

December 1, 2022, NEPM’s Connecting Point
Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center on Connecting Point

December 1, 2022, NEPM’s Connecting Point
A passion for farming leads to a career at the FCCDC 

November 14, 2022, The Recorder
USDA grant to fuel food business incubator program

November 10, 2022, WRSI
Five O’Clocktails with Ahlbin’s Homemade

September 29, 2022, The Recorder
Investment fund supporting farmers, food businesses looks to attract investors

September 22, 2022, WHAI
PVGrows Investment Fund

September 29, 2021, The Recorder
‘An unbelievable organization’: Community Development Corp.’s Western Mass. Food Processing Center named Manufacturer of Year 

June 27, 2022, NEPM
Small grocers do their part to eliminate ‘food deserts’ — but against considerable odds

June 22, 2018, The Recorder
Food justice program to come from $1M grant



September 2023: Local Fare and a Local Fair; Client Focus: Flis Market

August 2023: Reflecting on Race; Client Focus: Valley Malt and Ground Up

July 2023: Flood aftermath; Brands We Love: Unk’s Island Blendz; Client Focus: Al-Nassir International Market

June 2023: Pride and Dairy Month; Brands We Love: Round Table Farm; Client Focus: Our Family Farms

May 2023: Celebrating Entrepreneurs event; Brands We Love: Tasty AF Chili Oil; Client Focus: Mariyem’s  

April 2023: International connections; PVGrows Investment Fund event; Client Focus: 10 Forward

March 2023: Dreaming of spring at the WMFPC; Boston Local Food Trade Show; Client Focus: Carson’s Cans

February 2023: Reflections on Black History Month; Big Visits; Client Focus: Massive Bookshop

January 2023: Saying Good-Bye to Two Leaders; New Grant Supporting Reentry; Client Focus: Quabbin Harvest


December 2022: Thank you to our donors; Connecting Point at the WMFPC; Client Focus: Ben Reigle

November 2022: 43rd Annual Meeting; Business Incubator Grant; Client Focus: Freedom Street Brewing